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A new survey has underlined the importance of a fast broadband internet connection to people in the UK.

The research, which was conducted by and is based on the testimony of 774 respondents, shows the majority (58.6 per cent) of homeowners are dissatisfied with the speed of their broadband internet connection.

In fact, 55.2 per cent of those polled said connection speed was so vital that they were willing to pay more for a significantly faster service.

"[This] suggests that many existing services still fail to meet expectations despite the fact that many would be willing to pay more for something a lot faster." the website concluded.

Of the people with broadband internet, more than half said they had a speed of around 8Mb, and a further 32 per cent reported speeds of 10Mb or more.

However, this left the remaining 15 per cent struggling with a broadband speed of less than 2Mb.

The news comes soon after the government pledged to provide a minimum broadband speed of 2Mb for all homeowners by 2012.

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